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The Renaissance rose from the Middle Ages in the Sixteenth Century It was a golden age of music philosophy architecture art and perhaps most importantly literature Many topics were written about and reflected on Among these topics were romance and chivalry Italian poet and scholar Petrach testifies to the popular use of courtship and love in his sonnets In fact these types of sonnets have been named Petrarchian They tend to have a narrative tone and revolve around the theme of courtly love Petrachs She Used To Let Her Golden Hair Fly Free is a perfect example of this concept It uses metaphor and compares the woman in question to objects of perfection William Shakespeare was another renowned poet and playwright of Elizabethan times He wrote Sonnet 130 which has been recognized as Anti-Petrarchian on numerous occasions In Sonnet 130 Shakespeare uses displeasing description of his mistress in order to contradict the Renaissances concept of the ideal woman which is commonly used in Petrarchian sonnets and testifies that physical attraction does not necessarily have to be present in order for there to be love In fact Shakespeare creates a satirical or even mocking tone against the traditional love sonnet He uses many references to objects of perfection such as roses or perfumes However they are used to illustrate that his lover is not beautiful which counters Petrachs use of such reference Shakespeare also decides to use allusion of Venus beauty and fairness to reaffirm his lovers plain outward appearance Despite the obvious satirical tone Shakespeare proclaims his undying love for his mistress embracing the same theme in Petrachs sonnets-total and consuming love Comparison of the women discussed to objects that symbolize flawlessness is common between the two sonnets Despite this the effects of these comparisons are very different For example Petrarch illustrates Her eyes were brighter than the radiant west He uses the rich colors of the sunset to depict his lovers eyes as luminous
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